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Maaret al-Numan, Syria - April 25, 2013

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1. Wide shot of a market in the city centre moments after an explosion, dust and smoke rising, a second explosion can be heard, pan to people hiding in an alley, then back to street

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2. File video of President Bashar Assad

3. File video of violence in Syria

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - April 25, 2013

4. SOUNDBITE: Chuck Hagel/Defense Secretary (transcript below)

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Jerusalem - March 20, 2013

5. President Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu at joint press conference

6. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama (transcript below)

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7. File video of violence in Syria

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8. Undated handout photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defense. It shows UN workers sealing leaking Iraqi 122mm rockets for destruction, which reportedly filled with the chemical nerve agent Sarin, destroyed by Iraq after the Gulf War

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - April 25, 2013

9. SOUNDBITE: Chuck Hagel/Defense Secretary (transcript below)

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10. Frame grab of letter released by White House. It was sent to Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., by Miguel E. Rodriguez, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

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Washington, DC - April 25, 2013

11. Medium shot of McCain talking to reporters

12. SOUNDBITE: Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona (transcript below)

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Maaret al-Numan, Syria - April 25, 2013

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13. Wide shot of damaged shops and buildings in city centre following an explosion, flames can be seen, locals walking through debris, men standing on rubble

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Washington, DC - April 15, 2013

14. SOUNDBITE: Aram Nerguizian/Center for Strategic and International Studies (transcript below)

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Daraya - April 25, 2013

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15. Wide shot of city skyline, pan to huge plum of smoke rising following an explosion

16. Wide shot of smoke rising after several explosions on a residential area

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

AFTER TWO YEARS OF A BRUTAL CIVIL WAR THAT HAS LEFT SOME 70,000 DEAD, THE U.S. SAYS SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD HAS LIKELY TWICE ATTACKED HIS OWN PEOPLE WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

SOUNDBITE: Chuck Hagel/Defense Secretary

"The U.S. Intelligence community assesses with some degree of varying confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."

EXACTLY THE RED LINE PRESIDENT OBAMA WARNED SYRIA LAST MONTH NOT TO CROSS

SOUNDBITE: President Obama

"The use of chemical weapons is a game changer."

BUT ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SAY THEY NEED MORE PROOF, ALLUDING TO PAST CASES WHEN POLICY DECISIONS WERE BASED ON WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE FLAWED ASSUMPTIONS, LIKE THE ONE ABOUT IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

SOUNDBITE: Chuck Hagel/Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

"We still have some uncertainties about what was used, what kind of chemical was used, where it was used, who used it."

THE WHITE HOUSE REVEALED THE ASSESSMENT IN A LETTER TO TWO SENATORS, INCLUDING JOHN MCCAIN -- WHO SAYS THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BACK UP HIS WORDS WITH ACTION BY HELPING SYRIA'S REBELS.

SOUNDBITE: Senator John McCain/(R) Arizona

"Provide a safe area for the opposition to operate, to establish a no-fly zone and provide weapons to people in the resistance who we trust.''

OFFICIALS HERE AT THE PENTAGON SAY A NO-FLY ZONE IS AN OPTION, AS IS PUTTING AMERICAN TROOPS ON THE GROUND. BUT THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE INTELLIGENCE ABOUT CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE IS NOT SOLID ENOUGH TO WARRANT ANY OF THAT. SO WHY RELEASE THE ASSESSMENT NOW?

SOUNDBITE: Aram Nerguizian/Center for Strategic and International Studies

"It's a symptom of just how much pressure there is on the administration right now. It's domestic pressure here on the Hill, within the USG/inter-agency environment, you have pressure in Europe, European allies who care about Syria."

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WANTS THE U.N. TO FULLY INVESTIGATE WHETHER CHEMICAL WEAPONS WERE ACTUALLY USED.

SAGAR MEGHANI, ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE PENTAGON

 

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